Savory Monkey Bread, like its sweet namesake, is a luscious treat so easy to prepare. A buttery pull-apart bread baked in a small bundt pan with either a sauteed bacon and onion or black olive, mushroom, and pepper filling tossed with chunks of flaky canned biscuits and cheese.
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You Are My Inspiration
I first came across a similar recipe to this Savory Monkey Bread from the Junior League of Lafayette’s cookbook called Tell Me More. The stories of the Cajun people along with these recipes take me back. My mind fills with memories as I enjoy the kindred connection of home. I recommend Tell Me More for your library of cookbooks or as an excellent gift.
I threw together this Vegetable Bread one morning and took it to my Bible Study group. It was more of a success than I had anticipated. Well, I got to thinking about how the recipe suggested using other ingredients so I started experimenting.
I ended up with these two best versions. One is a bacon and onion filling and the other (which is my favorite) a black olive and mushroom combo. Because I know some of you may not care for black olives, like my husband, I decided to include both renderings in this recipe post. They are so good and will charge your kitchen’s atmosphere with an inviting aroma. Just forewarning you!
For preparing the bacon and onion bread, you saute onions in bacon drippings. So yummy! It’s essential to allow the filling to cool a bit before adding the cheese. The biscuits need to be cut up into small pieces to get lots of filling in between the chunks of bread. Then the filling and dough are tossed to coat before baking.
You can bake this as a loaf, but I baked mine in a small bundt pan. The Vegetable Bread recipe above uses 2 cans of biscuits in a regular size bundt pan, but I like making smaller portions for our household of 2.
This bread keeps in the refrigerator and warms well in the microwave as leftovers. It also makes a great snack or appetizer.
The Second Version
The black olive and mushroom version is assembled much the same. Some green and red onions are sauteed in butter then the garlic, olives, and mushrooms are added with some Italian seasoning.
It’s delicious, and I think it’ll be perfect for Christmas with its beautiful red and green presentation. I like that it’s quick to put together in a pinch of time and slip into a plastic bag to transport and/or give as a gift. I’ll remind you about it next holiday season, ok?